Carlton alumnus has eye on Tokyo

Former Carlton Crusader and 2012 provincial high school wrestling champion Brock Munro poses for a photo on Tuesday. With his CIS career officially over, Munro has set his sights on the 2020 Summer Olympics. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

Brock Munro has faced his share of challenges on the wrestling mat over the years, but the next one will be his biggest.

Munro, who won a provincial championship as a Grade 12 student at Carlton Comprehensive Public High School five years ago, just finished his CIS wrestling career at the University of Winnipeg.

Now, he’s looking to make an even bigger jump: to the Canadian Men’s Wrestling team, and a spot at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

“The senior level is a whole different scene,” Munro chuckled when asked about taking the next step. “Now, you’re actually wrestling guys from other countries…. You’ve got guys who, when I was in Grade 9, were in their fifth year of university. I’m wrestling guys who are 30 years old now, and I’m only 23. I’m still young, but that’s why the Olympics in four years are the goal.”

The skill level isn’t the only difference for the Prince Albert product. Weight is an issue too.

Munro currently wrestles in the 70 kg division, which exists at the world championships but not at the Olympics. In addition to honing his skills, Munro is going to have to put on some muscle. He’s not shying away from the challenge though. Instead, he’s embracing it.

For the rest of this story, please see the June 14 online or print edition of the Daily Herald.